That’s the compromise that seems to be on the table for a hybrid ’Vette C8

A hybrid version of the recently released Chevrolet Corvette is in the works. The question surrounding its place in the model’s future lineup has been answered. The how’s and why’s, however, remain a mystery at this point. An electrified Corvette is also in consideration, though that model won’t arrive for a while if it does at all. But a hybrid version is in the works; as it is, Chevrolet is looking to come up with configuration solutions on how to properly fit an electric motor that can work in concert with the Corvette C8’s new V-8 LT2 engine. Compromises will undoubtedly have to be made to make sure that the increased weight that comes with the addition of an electric motor and battery pack doesn’t undercut the extra power available to the C8. We’ll know more as details come together, but with the convertible version of the Corvette C8 expected to arrive soon, it’s possible that the hybrid version will be in line soon after that.

The 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Hybrid Could Lose its Frunk

Would You Mind a Hybrid Corvette C8 If It Means No More Front Storage Space For Your Golf Clubs?
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A big part of what makes the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 special is its mid-engine layout. It’s a big reason I argued that the C8 is an instant collectible since no Corvette in the nameplate’s long and illustrious history has ever been released in that kind of layout. But there’s more to it than that, too.

The new layout also opens a lot of new and exciting possibilities for the Corvette C8, one of which is tied to the respective viabilities of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

Before any confusion sets in, hybrid versions of the Corvette C8 appear to be set in stone. There’s no official confirmation from General Motors and/or Chevrolet, but with the enormous hype and expectation surrounding the Corvette C8’s future lineup, a hybrid version, and a plug-in hybrid version appear to be in the cards. After all, the only way that oft-rumored, range-topping 1,000-horsepower Corvette can work is through a hybrid setup, at least unless Chevy finds a way to drop a bigger engine into the Corvette C8 and tune the pants off that unit.

Would You Mind a Hybrid Corvette C8 If It Means No More Front Storage Space For Your Golf Clubs?
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A 1,000-horsepower Corvette C8 will require a hybrid setup, and that’s perfectly fine with all of us. Purists might still give Chevy the side-eye, but that’s not going to last once this version of the C8 — it’s likely to be called the “Zora” — comes out. The more pressing question at this point is what’s going to change with the Corvette C8 if it does carry a hybrid powertrain? An electric motor and battery packs will be required since the Chevrolet’s going to use them to draw a significant chunk of that four-digit power output.

The setup itself isn’t the problem; with the engine located towards the rear of the vehicle and the power from that engine going to the two rear wheels, the front axle becomes the ideal spot to put the electric motor.

Not only would it provide power to the two front wheels, but, more importantly, Chevrolet wouldn’t have to cram everything in one place, ensuring that the Corvette’s front-rear weight distribution isn’t compromised to the extent it would otherwise be. The only problem with putting the motor or motors up front is the crowded front chassis - there just isn’t a lot of room there.

Would You Mind a Hybrid Corvette C8 If It Means No More Front Storage Space For Your Golf Clubs?
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But sacrifices still have to be made if a 1,000-horsepower hybrid Corvette C8 ever comes to life. The biggest loser in all of this appears to be the much-talked-about front trunk, or “frunk,” as it’s come to be known. The Corvette C8’s frunk garnered positive reactions when it was revealed, especially after Chevy announced that it’s big enough to comfortably fit two golf bags inside. It’s still not a lot of cargo space compared to other models on the market, but if it’s big enough for owners to hit the links comfortably, then that’s all that a lot of people care about. Well, that won’t be the case with a hybrid Corvette because the frunk’s overall cargo value could be compromised by the electric motor and battery packs that will be placed underneath it.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray drivetrain specifications
Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling
Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)
Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

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